Last night the Heat suffered what Shane Battier called their first “clunker.” The definition of clunker is a thing that is totally unsuccessful and that is exactly what the Heat’s performance against the Bucks was last night.
LeBron gave a typical LeBron performance with 28 points, 13 rebounds, and 5 assists. He only missed one out of thirteen free throws and played 37 minutes. The rest of the team, however, played terribly. Chris Bosh and Mario Chalmers combined for 35 points, but the stat that described their game was the turnover column. Bosh had 8 and Chalmers had 6 of the Heat’s 22 turnovers. The Heat is averaging 18.25 turnovers in losses this season and 15.54 turnovers in victories. Turnovers are the reason the Heat ever lose.
You have to wonder why Spo doesn’t play Norris Cole more. He played 13 minutes compared to Mario Chalmers’ 35, and only had one turnover. Cole is more similar to Wade, and when Bosh can’t hold onto the ball, the Heat need another scoring option that can. Cole should be that guy because he is extremely good at running the pick and roll.
Also, the Heat shot very poorly from the field. 37% from the field and 25% from 3-point land. Bosh and James shot well, but Chalmers took 14 shots and only made 4. James Jones, the NBA 3-point champion last year, went 1 for 4 (all 4 shots were 3s), Shane Battier 1 for 3, and Mike Miller didn’t even attempt a 3 in 19 minutes of play. Spo needs Miller to shoot because that is what he is there for.
The Heat can’t shoot 25% from 3-point range and commit 22 turnovers and expect to win. No matter how many star players you have, the key to the game is dominating the game by controlling the ball and getting open shots. Miami gets a pass on this one because they were tired and it’s understandable that they played sloppy. But if this continues, the Heat will have more random losses to average teams that they should not be losing to.